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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:53 am 
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Curious as to what method y’all book your vacations with.

What realty company or booking site do you use?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:11 am 
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Happy New Year.

House rentals: VRBO or directly w/ owner. Try to avoid realty/property management unless owner is adamant.

Resort: Directly w/ the resort, not a toll free # or owner/rep. Myrtle or somewhere else in the States, I prefer to know exactly what is/not included.

All of us have come to rely on our instincts. So far, It has worked for me.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:32 pm 
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I have been using VRBO for the past 10 years or so. Never had an issue.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:07 pm 
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We typically use either Elliott or Condo World. We've had good success with both.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:55 pm 
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Location: Hamilton, ON
Always book on resorts website.

https://www.paradiseresortmb.com/

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:16 pm 
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First few years we booked through the resorts, then we found VRBO. We have used VRBO for past 12 years and I don't think I'll ever go back. A few questions that we have learned to ask prior to booking: What is included (linens, etc), we ran into one that did not provide bath towels, no big deal, we brought our own, but you always want to ask...2) Are there any amenities that you can NOT use if not booking direct? One year we couldn't use the indoor pools, most places you can't use the exercise room, but places like Coral Beach have really made it hard on VRBO renters. They use their hotel issued key card for everything, even the convenience store, so it's always a good idea to ask. Oh! And places like Dunes Village and Sand dunes won't let outside renters use the water parks. Also ask if the hotel requires bracelets and if those are provided. 3) Are there any hidden fees? WE have not encountered this, but I always ask. 4) How do they handle issues with the room once you arrive, such as maintenance issues? Most people have contractors or cleaning companies they use, we have had a few issues, but all were taken care of because we knew who to call ahead of time. 5) Check in and Check out times and procedures. Most places have coded entry doors, but Ocean Breeze makes you drive to their office and pick up the keys.
I have a standard email I send every potential rental now and we have not had any issues. Rooms have all been great (well, 2 years ago it was a little iffy but not vacation ruining :-) ) And we almost always save at least a couple hundred dollars.
Hope this helps a little! We have learned a lot over the past few years!!

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